Have disaster losses increased due to anthropogenic climate
Laurens M. Bouwer
Affiliations: Bouwer—Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Analyses show that although economic losses from weather related hazards have increased, anthropogenic climate change so far did not have a significant impact on losses from natural disasters.
The observed loss increase is caused primarily by increasing exposure and value of capital at risk. This finding is of direct importance for studies on impacts from extreme weather and for disaster policy.